A new way of working that became practical only a few years ago has now become an entire movement.
I’m talking about the Digital Nomad movement – a growing horde of people deliberately setting up their worklife so that they can live anywhere in the world.
When I first spent a month working from Bali just 4 years ago there were relatively few people living and working remotely. Now there are entrepreneurial retreats, Digital Nomad workspaces, and even online Digital Nomad directories.
There are no set rules about what being a nomad means – move to a foreign country permanently as a friend of mine did to run his app development business from Chiang Mai in Thailand, trip from country to country every few months, or my version of Nomad-lite where I spend much of my time in London but take a couple of months each year in Asia to escape the British weather.
Last month I ran a private-invite Marketing Intensive for just a handful of people and it was interesting to note that every one of the participants had a business that could be location independent.
In a few weeks I’ll be travelling to Bali again to witness how it has become a Digital Nomad hub. I’ll be meeting up with Roger Hamilton and I’ll be dropping in to give talks at the entrepreneurial retreat Project Getaway and the co-working adventure that Tribewanted Bali have named “Silicon Rice Paddy”.
The Bali Digital Nomad Meetup
The centre of the Bali Digital Nomad community is Ubud so I’ll be spending my first 3 weeks there. And I’ve decided to get as many Screw Work fans and digital nomads together for an evening on the 12th October to meet each other, have a drink, and discuss our favourite topics of doing what you love, where you love.
If you’re based in Bali, or you’re going to be passing through, or can get there, do come along.
I’ve just set up an event on the Screw Work Facebook page. Click the image below to RSVP if you can come (or if you’re a maybe):
And if you can’t make it in October, see if there is a way you could spend time in one of the Digital Nomad hubs around the world and plug into a different way to live and work.